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I'm not entirely sure if this is the right board for this, as it pertains to liquor but, more specifically, the PLCB. There have been a few times I've been interested in ordering things that are only available by Special Liquor Order in certain quantities. For example, I just used up the last of my Batavia Arrack. But, I don't really need six bottles, just one.

I'm having trouble figuring out a way to do it that doesn't have one person paying for everything, having people him him/her back, and ending up distributing alcohol without a license. I also can't see the PLCB being willing to work with multiple people for a single order. Does anyone know if there's any legal way to have several people combine to meet the minimum for a special order?

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  1. I'm sure it's perfectly legal buy a case of wine and split the cost between your friends later. Like this doesn't happen every 33 seconds in this university town?

    And if it isn't, do you really think they'll come after you? I've done it and...excuse me a minute, there are lights flashing outside and someone is pounding on my door...

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    1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

      I'm actually not so sure that's legal, since I'm not a licensed distributor. Granted, in the case of splitting wine with friends, I'm not so worried about getting caught.

      However, in the case of something like Batavia Arrack, I don't know that I have a single friend who is interested in a bottle, let alone five. It would be great if I could post on a message board and find other people to go in on an order together. However, buying booze for strangers is a lot more obviously akin to distributing without a license than picking something up for a friend, and that's what I'm worried about.

      1. re: KMcGrew

        Occasionally PLCB has some steals on high-end wines. I know people who will buy it all up and resell it on various online wine auction sites. Doesn't happen very often though.

        I thought about it when they were selling a 90's-vintage Soldera for $99 (it's a $400+ wine at auction), but I ended up just drinking all my investment.

        1. re: KMcGrew

          I wouldnt do it over the web, PLCB could crack down on that easily.

          Remember, these are the thugs that sent in an armed police to raid bars for selling beer that purchased legally from distributors, but was not labeled exactly the same as in their ledgers.

          1. re: barryg

            Actually, they couldn't, and they don't.

            The last arrest they did was that guy who was running a wine shop out of his Mainline basement. How dumb can a wannabe criminal be?

      2. Not a lawyer, but if everyone is of legal age and you nobody pays a markup over the PLCB cost plus tax and shipping, this should be fine.

        I've wanted to do this with friends for Willet Family Estate Bourbon, only available in cases of 12. I had too hard of a time getting everyone to commit to putting the money down, so it never happened.

        1. Ugh. I've been wanting to order some Dolin vermouth, but to do so through the website I have to order 12. Given that I'm not a bar, I guess I'm making a trip down to Claymont if I want to get some. Ridiculous...

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          1. re: jhpark

            Depends on where you're located, but Wine Works in Marlton, NJ carries Dolin (and several other of the better vermouths).